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As a young poet translating work into Spanish, Carolyn Forché couldn’t always understand the conditions from which the Salvadoran poems she translated arose. That changed when human rights activist Leonel Gomez Vides “removed the blindfold, and ordered me to open my eyes.” This searing and unforgettable memoir, whose title comes from Forché’s frequently anthologized poem “The Colonel”, traces her experiences in El Salvador as a poet and human rights activist, through the publication of her collection The Country Between Us and the assassination of Archbishop Monsenor Oscar Romero.

What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525560371
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Published: Penguin Press - March 19th, 2019

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 In 1972 during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, a group of intruders abducted Jean McConville, the 38 year old mother of ten, and she was never seen again.  It was not until 2003 that her remains were unearthed on a beach.  Then, in 2013, Dolours Price died.  She was a front line soldier for the IRA, who, in a secret oral history project had confessed to her involvement in the death of Jean McConville. But at the heart of this story is Gerry Adams, who ordered the killing.  This is a chilling story, superbly told by an award winning New Yorker staff writer.

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385521314
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Published: Doubleday - February 26th, 2019

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 In 1916 Louis C Tiffany held a peacock feast where children dressed as miniature chefs served silver platters of roasted peacock decorated with their own plumage.  The repercussions of this vulgar extravaganza carry across generations, in the lives of Tiffany's daughter Dorothy and more importantly, in the family of Tiffany's head gardener - his daughter Prudence,( who is 101 at the beginning of the novel) her brother Randall and his family.  The story takes us from the Guided Age in New York to Anna Freud’s consultation room, to a hippie commune in California and even to Paris. This is a beautifully written, intelligent novel  with a range and complexity that is almost impossible to summarize.

The Peacock Feast: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374230548
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - February 5th, 2019